The latest exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery will feature new works by Dianna Grundhauser, Michael Wisner and Diana Lehr from Friday through Feb. 12. An opening reception with the artists will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the gallery, located at 3620 Makawao Ave.
With the eye of a painter, and the talent of a master, Grundhauser transforms fabric into three-dimensional pieces of artwork that are designed and created to be hung on a wall just like a painting.
Her work features a series of small works featuring glimpses of Hawaii's iconic fruits, plants and flowers with the depth and dimension that only the beauty of silk can bring.
View Michael Wisner’s pottery at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.
Joel Heinz displays his tapa cloth designs.
“Canoe Beach” by Julie Houck
Visit C’est Moi Gallery by appointment only
Betty Hay Freeland’s “Maui Color”
For more than two decades, Wisner studied extensively under Juan Quezada and many matriarchs of the American Southwest pottery traditions. Today, his work continues investigating form and pattern using texture as the design element.
"As we have all seen many times in nature, something beautiful makes us pause to look closer and we feel a sense of connection and wonder," said Wisner. "It may be a colorful sunset or watching a sea turtle swim past. In my clay work, I try to explore these moments of contact and use the energy as inspiration to create something new. I really enjoy finding textures in nature and then asking how I might use that inspiration to create a pattern in clay."
Of her paintings, Lehr says, "I love the act of getting my hands dirty, of digging beneath the surface in hopes of uncovering a jewel. It's been said there is a tendency today to deconstruct and analyze everything but I prefer not to talk about the meaning and methods behind my work. I believe there is a mystery weaving it all together that I don't understand myself."
Gallery hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Maui Hands Gallery locations throughout Maui will be buzzing with plenty of action for art lovers. Featured artists will appear to present their work in person, so stop by and check them out. For details, visit www.mauihands.com.
First up will be jewelry maker Bruce Tapley from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Kaanapali gallery, located at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Tapley's classical jewelry combines form, simplicity and elegance. He defines classical as "something you just don't want to turn away from, whether consciously or subconsciously. Something that captures the senses, and that gives a feeling of joy or comfort."
Visit Joel Heinz from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Maui Hands Lahaina gallery, located at 612 Front St.
Over the years, Heinz has gained a greater appreciation for the Hawaiian culture, and is particularly intrigued by ancient designs on tapa cloth and by Hawaiian petroglyphs. He now combines these two cultural icons, creating acrylic paintings of ancient Hawaiian imagery on tapa cloth. He also found a new skill in sculpting precious koa wood, using the same imagery as in his paintings.
View exquisitely crafted lamps by Jon Nordby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Maui Hands Makawao gallery, located at 1169 Makawao Ave.
Nordby is a natural artist. While building his home in Wailea, he designed a number of interior elements, including designing and making lamps for the bedrooms and common areas.
Visit him at the gallery, where he will be putting the finishing touches on his newest lamps formed from wood, stone, blown glass and small carvings.
See Julie Houck from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Paia gallery, located at 84 Hana Hwy.
Houck's earlier career as a professional photographer taught her about composition and the importance of light. As she studied with contemporary realist painters who based their instruction on the classical principles of direct observation of color, light and form relationships in nature, her style and talent flowered.
Houck studied at the Atelier of Classical Realism in San Francisco, the Academy of Fine Art in Seattle and at the L'Ecole Albert Defois in France. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award and teaches plein air painting on Maui and in France.
Artist Semoia Lin welcomes art lovers to view her work at her C'est Moi Gallery in Kaanapali. Lin says she was trained by Nikon, influenced by Monet, incorporates techniques of Ansel Adams and that her style has been compared to that of Georgia O'Keefe.
She adds that she was taught how to blend all of these styles by artist Fay Sirkis.
Viewings are by appointment only by calling 419-6793. For more information, visit www.c-est-moi.com.
Village Galleries will feature the work of Betty Hay Freeland beginning Friday through Feb. 14 at its Lahaina gallery, located at 120 Dickenson St.
Stop by for an artist's reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, where you can view her dramatic new oil paintings featuring scenes from throughout Maui.
In addition, Joseph Fletcher will be the artist-in-residence Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from Sunday through Tuesday. The public is invited to an artist's reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, located just off the lobby.
For details, visit www.villagegalleriesmaui.com.